Celebrating 30 Years of FIGs!

Making Friends. Building Academic Community. Finding Mentors.

The FIG program began in 1987 as a means of creating small, intentional learning communities within the large university setting. Since their inception 30 years ago, FIGs have linked clusters of courses to seminars facilitated by peer instructors. The number of FIGs increased steadily from 1987, when 4 clusters were offered, to today with over 150 clusters offered. As we study the effects of the FIG program on student persistence and retention rates, we can report that FIG students return for their second year and graduate at higher rates than students who were not in a FIG (pending publishing, L. Aulck, J. Mathers, C. Lee, G. Mancinelli, A. Lau, M. Sun, J. West. Target journal: AERA Open).


FIG 30th Anniversary Celebration at Husky Kick-Off 

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Continue the UW tradition by being part of the annual W-photo during Husky Kick-Off, followed by a light reception. We hope you will join us for a reception and a review of all the wonderful things the FIG program has brought to students, campus, and the Husky community. All former FIG Leaders and your families are welcome to attend. 

Date: Sunday, September 24
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Check-in will be at the Northwest Entrance of Husky Stadium (next to lot E17). Campus parking is free on Sundays. 

We will also be filming clips for the FIG 30th video, so if you have some thoughts to share please let us know! Share your memories about your FIG Leader experience.

If you have questions or know another FIG Leader alum who might want to attend, please email Amanda Anderson or Michaelann Jundt